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Invented Worlds

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Head with Ladders, from the series Expeditions, 1979 Gelatin Silver Print © Courtesy of the artist & The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Invented Worlds

4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
February 20th, 2013 - July 28th, 2013

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DESCRIPTION

Ruth Thorne-Thomsen uses the simplest techniques in order to rethink the expressive potential of photography. She is best known for her use of the pinhole camera, beginning in 1976 but has also employed the standard 35mm format.

The pinhole camera can be made from the most basic materials: cardboard, tape, and foil. A small hole made by a pin in a material such as aluminum foil casts a clear but less-than-sharp image which can be recorded on a sheet of photographic film or paper. Everything depicted in the pinhole image—whether small and close or large and distant—is rendered with the same quality of definition, disguising what may be vast differences of distance or size

Throughout her career, Thorne-Thomsen has used the photographic process as a means of invention. She is interested in universal symbols and archetypes, myth, magic, and dreams. The world represented so memorably in her photographs is a place we all know: the landscape of the imagination.